Faith By Numbers

Simon Fe Dolor

The pursuit for world peace and happiness is constant. People lean on religion and faith in asking a higher power for guidance, especially Catholics who have Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and the saints. Jesus Christ established the church with His disciples more than 2000 years ago are rich in history and mysteries. Learning the faith can be overwhelming for the complacent ones. But the Holy Spirit has the power to make dogmas and catechisms easier to understand.

There maybe so much to know and remember but one can learn in understanding Catholicism one step at a time. Just like a childs faith, simple, innocent and growing with confidence in God. To quickly remember, here are some quick infos from one to ten, basic and interesting trivias:


There is One True God.

The First Commandment is I am the Lord your God: You shall not have strange Gods before me.


The two covenants with God: The Old and the New Testament

There are only two faiths wherein God’s Truth were revealed: Judaism and Catholicism

The two that caused the fall and closed the gates of Paradise: Adam and Eve

The two that brought salvation and opened the gates of Heaven: Jesus and Mary


The Holy Trinity has Three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit

Three things we must possess as humans: Love, faith and hope

The three gifts of the three kings and their meanings: Gold (love), myrrh (passion), and frankincense (prayer)


There are four evangelist who wrote the life of Jesus in the new testament: St. John, St. Matthew, St. Mark and St. Luke.

The four last things we believe in as Catholics are: Death, Purgatory, Hell and Heaven.


In the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25-1-13) the five wise ones prepared oils for their lamps while the other five slumber and did not.

Five loaves and two fish were miraculously multiplied by Christ to feed 5000, a miracle recorded in the Bible by the four evangelists.


The world was created by God in 6 days.


God rested on the 7th day after the creation of the universe.

Seven is a very prominent number in the Catholic faith for there are many sevens of grace and purification.,

We have the seven archangels, each has its own special merit and protection for those who pray for their intercession: Archangel St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, St. Uriel, St. Seatiel, St. Judihel and St Baraquiel.

There are seven sacraments instituted by Christ: Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, Matrimony, the Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick.

Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:  Wisdom, piety, fortitude, understanding, counsel, knowledge, and fear of the Lord.

There are seven corporal works of mercy, seven spiritual works of mercy, and the seven capital sins. The book of revelations of the Apostle John revealed seven angels with seven bowls, and the sounding of the seven trumpets in the end days.


Eight people were saved when God cleansed the earth with the Great Flood. Noah and his wife, his three sons and their wives.


From the 10 lepers Jesus healed, nine did not return to say thanks.

Nine ungrateful/ oblivious to God’s blessing.

Nine in the morning when Jesus was scourged in the pillar.


Ten plaques came to Egypt to keep the Jews from the bondage of Egypt.

The Ten commandments were revealed to Moses by God in Mount Sinai.

One to ten short infos, details of our church’s history, of our church’s spiritual journey. Understanding the short list can go a long way and may open our faith to better understand dogmas. “As newborn babes, desire the rational milk without guile, that thereby you may grow unto salvation:”, (I Peter 2:2. Duoay-Rheims bible). A child can perform wonders like those of the lives of saints. Jesus said that: “Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3.)

Thus, let us grow with Christ, with the Catholic Church. Learning something new each day about our faith. Just like a child’s faith, simple, innocent and growing with confidence in God.

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